Bargaining going on today

The South Kitsap Education Association Bargaining Team is meeting today with the district’s team in the continuing effort to find a reasonable settlement before our strike is slated to begin in September. We will keep you posted.Wehave spoken with reporters at KUOW this morning. Our members have also spoken with reporters at KOMO, KING, KIRO and KCPQ television stations plus local newspaper reporters. We are letting them know that our issue is still class size and that it is unreasonable to try to shove 37 desks in rooms that are set for 32. We’re letting them know that it is unreasonable to expect junior high science teachers to conduct labs with 35 kids crammed into a room and that there aren’t enough materials to even run a lab with that many students. We are letting them know that voting for a strike was difficult and a last resort, but that we are willing to do this to make sure our students are in a safe learning environment and that they get the opportunity to receive individual attention from their teachers. Finally, we are letting them know that the district needs to address the elimination of split classes with new Common Core standards just around the corner. We will keep you posted.

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